Detroit, Michigan. Pritchard, Alabama. Stockton, California. Central Falls, Rhode Island. They all have something in common – bankruptcy. Each of these municipalities filed bankruptcy because of overwhelming fiscal obligations that were, most often, due to liabilities within their employee pension programs.
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Florida’s economy continues to change, and a quality education is more important than ever. Our state’s economy depends on a talented workforce that can compete in a global economy, and a strong education system is Florida’s best long-term economic-development strategy.
Tomorrow, the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session, lawmakers will take action to help improve Florida’s water resources. Considering that Florida’s population is expected to grow by six million more residents by 2030, and that those residents will likely consume an additional 9 billion gallons of water each day, lawmaker’s swift action is welcome news.
As a business leader in this community, I know the success of my company – and ultimately Florida’s economy – is tied to education. Children entering kindergarten will someday walk across a stage and accept a high school diploma. What they do from there depends on how well we prepare them during the years in between.
Score one for elevating education standards in Florida’s public schools. At the same time, the state’s education commissioner is precariously walking a tightrope on an ever-changing school grading system and a new standardized test.
On Tuesday, the state board of education voted to adopt recent changes and clarifications to the new program, but the revisions do not change the overall message or the goals: We must challenge our students to learn. This is about thinking and analyzing at more productive and effective levels. This is about equipping students with the knowledge and training they need to compete and succeed in a very competitive and global workforce.
The Florida Chamber Foundation, the research arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, identified a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years, according to the foundation’s Florida Trade and Logistics Study released in October 2013.
Florida retailers added 55,000 jobs from December 2012 to December 2013 – an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent.
“Selecting Boca Raton as our new corporate headquarters represents a major step in positioning Cancer Treatment Centers of America to serve even more patients in the future, while simultaneously providing our dedicated and valued employees with exciting opportunities for further personal and professional development,” van Grinsven said.
Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has a number of strengths but significant challenges remain, found a report released Tuesday by Endeavor Miami, a nonprofit that selects, mentors and accelerates high-impact entrepreneurs.